Former Chief Justice Jefferson Joins Laws Firm 10/2/13
AUSTIN, Texas - Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson is going into private practice.
Jefferson, who was the first black justice on the state's highest civil court, joined on Wednesday the law firm of what will now be called Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend.
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jefferson to the Texas Supreme Court in 2001 and named him chief justice three years later. All nine justices on the panel are Republicans, but even critics of the court had praised the Jefferson as a moderating voice.
Jefferson made $170,000 a year as chief justice.
Perry promoted Justice Nathan Hecht last month to replace Jefferson.